UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.


August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Park Mews - Glasgow Scotland

Available now for commonwealth games & Ryder cup Newly refurbished mews cottage Tranquilly Set In A Quiet Lane In Glasgow's Beautiful Park District, Yet Only Minutes To City Centre Sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms) Park Mews is a beautifully refurbished Vict...

Spacious historic 17th Century Cotswolds Cottage for all Seasons

Green Cottage is a substantial grade II listed cottage in one of the most sought after villages in the Cotswolds. Built in the 1600's as two labourers cottages, Green Cottage has been frequently extended in the 20th century to keep it upto date wi...

Self catering holiday cottage near St Ives, Cornwall

The Pole House offers a unique retreat for a perfect holiday, just a short distance from the golden sands of Godrevy and Hayle Towans. Built on Douglas fir poles this enchanting, detached Japanese style house is situated in a cul-de-sac in the pre...

'A Cottage in it's Own World!'

Middlewood Cottage stands within a secluded and private parkland setting on the edge of the village of Chatburn within the Ribble Valley to the South of the Forest of Bowland, one of the most picturesque and tranquil settings in Lancashire. The ar...

A Unique Cotswold Stone Cottage In The Slad Valley

Yew Tree cottage is unique Cotswold family home, sleeping up to 6 people. This beautiful, self catering accommodation is set in a charming hamlet in the Slad Valley, in the heart of the Cotswolds Hills, one of the most picturesque and unspoilt loc...

Idyllic Holiday Cottage In Scarborough With 4 Poster Bed & Bunk Beds

Welcome to Haven Cottage, an idyllic two bedroom holiday cottage located in the quaint village of Snainton, just a few miles from the popular seaside resort of Scarborough. If you're looking for a cottage in Scarborough it doesn't come much bette...

Peaceful Location Next To Black Wood Of Rannoch And 2 Minute Walk To Lochside

Lovely cozy traditional stone cottage set on private Estate on south Loch Rannoch. Open fire in lounge and electric heating. Decent sized kitchen/diner with table and seating for 4. Great location for walking/fishing and exploring the second large...

Ashfield cottage in Crickhowell with views of Usk Valley,and Brecon Beacons.

Ashfield Cottage is a picturesque stone Victorian cottage, in a cul de sac, situated on the edge of Crickhowell in the beautiful Usk Valley, with views of the Brecon Beacons. It has a pretty front garden gated from the road, plus a garage and an ...

Historic lodge near to English heritage attractions & only 50 mins from London

This dainty 1890s Lodge is situated in private grounds (with off road parking) minutes outside the traditional historic English villages of Westerham & Brasted, home to Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) & King Henry VIII (1491-1547). The Lodge i...

Romantic Holiday Cottage, Kington, Nr Hay On Wye, Welsh Borders Wales

Blodeuwedd Cottage is located on a single track no-through road and on the edge of the attractive and thriving market town of Kington, a 'Border Town' in the Welsh Marches. It’s only 10 minutes walk to local shops, deli, tourist info, post office,...

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